Cybersecurity Awareness Month – Week Two: Phight the Phish!

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Preferred Mutual is always here to help you Live Assured, and part of the way we do that is by providing you with information about how you can protect yourself in this increasingly digital world! Be proactive by following these tips!

Cybersecurity Awareness Month is a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure all Americans have the resources they need to be safer and more secure online. As the world still navigates the changes we were forced to make due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Preferred Mutual encourages you to understand the most common dangers we face in this digital age.

Phishing Attacks

Accounting for more than 80% of reported security incidents, phishing attacks happen all the time. Cybercriminals use known vulnerabilities and phishing attacks to compromise the security of organizations, as well as personal data.

So, what is phishing?

It is a technique that involves tricking the user to steal personal or organizational information, passwords, etc. into thinking you are on a confidential site. From using emails to social media to smartphones, these types of attacks are multiplying.

9 Tips To Prevent Phishing Attacks

  1. Learn how to identify phishing emails

    There are some qualities that identify an attack through an email:

    • They duplicate the image of a real company.
    • Copy the name of a company or an actual employee of the company.
    • Include sites that are visually similar to a real business.
    • Promote gifts or the loss of an existing account.
  2. Check the source of the email

    Your bank will never ask you to send your passwords of personal information by mail! If you have the slightest doubt, call your bank or ask the sender to verify their intentions.

  3. Do not click on links in suspicious emails

    Often tricksters will use URLs that look nearly identical to that of a company’s site you frequent; almost so similar that you click, anyway. Don’t! Type the URL into a browser to ensure it is real.

  4. Enhance your own security on your computer.

    Common sense and good judgment is as vital as keeping your computer protected with a good antivirus to block this type of attack. In addition, you should always have the most recent update on your operating system and web browsers.

  5. Enter your sensitive data in secure websites only.

    In order for a site to be safe, it must begin with ‘https://’ and your browser should show an icon of a closed lock.

  6. Periodically check your accounts.

    It never hurts to check your bank accounts periodically to be aware of any irregularities in your online transactions.

  7. Phishing doesn’t only pertain to banking.

    Most phishing attacks are against banks, but popular websites such as eBay, Facebook, and PayPal are all susceptible.

  8. Phishing knows all languages.

    Phishing knows no boundaries and can reach you in any language. In general, they’re poorly written or translated, so this may be another indicator that something is wrong.

  9. If you doubt it, don’t risk it! 

    The best way to prevent phishing is to consistently reject any email or news that asks you to provide confidential data. Delete them immediately!

Call your independent agent today to discuss how Preferred Mutual can help you Live Assured, even when surfing the web! And remember, as a policyholder, you can take us on the go with you! Download our MYPreferred Mobile app today from the App Store or Google Play, today!

This information is intended for educational purposes only and is not legal advice and/or an authoritative guide.

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